Those who have elderly or disabled loved ones who live alone know this can be a very worrisome situation. It is not always possible to have a family member or friend who is available to stay with your loved one around the clock. Often this leads to having the disabled or elderly loved one admitted into a nursing home facility. Fortunately, there is another option available that is often preferred by many people. This is home health care and these are some of the benefits it provides.
The Comfort Of Home
One of the most popular benefits of home health services is that the patient gets to continue to reside in their very own home. Care is provided by home health staff that come to the patient's home and give them the same care they would receive in a nursing home facility. This allows patients to feel much more comfortable because they can sleep in their own bed, use their own furniture, and continue enjoying all their own belongings under their own roof.
A Sense Of Independence
The amount of care provided by home health care workers is based on the needs of the patient. Therefore, if there are things the patient can still do on their own, this will continue. For instance, if the patient only needs help with taking medications and having meals prepared, they may continue to do their own bathing, their own personal hygiene, and their own dressing. This helps the patient feel more independent because they are not relying on the home health care staff to do everything for them.
A Wide Variety Of Care
Even if a patient needs full care at home, this too can be provided by home health care staff. This includes preparing meals and feeding, bathing, dressing, any wound care, administering medications, light housework, transportation to doctor appointments, and keeping doctors and family members informed on the condition of the patient. If the patient needs around the clock care, this is often divided up between two or more staff persons who split time caring for the patient into shifts.
More Convenient For Family Members
Home health care services are also more convenient for the family members and friends of the patients. They can visit their loved ones at their own home whenever they like. This also gives them the peace of mind that their loved ones are being properly cared for if they are unable to be with them.
Another benefit of home health care services is that this type of care is also covered by most health insurance plans in the same way that nursing home facility care is. In some cases, home health care is even less expensive than care provided in a facility.
For more information, reach out to a home health care service in your area.